Santiago’s Best Coffee

Santiago’s Best Coffee via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: One of the most common gripes I hear among many expats here is “what’s the deal with the coffee in Chile?”…as in, it is often Nescafe or a watered down espresso. Yes, in the past it may have been slightly subpar but that all is changing–quite quickly. Today, while chains like Starbucks and Juan...

Love a la Carte

Love a la Carte via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: Here we are again. Valentine’s Day. Some people love this day, other people hate it, but why does it even exist? There are several theories over its origin but many point to the third century during the Roman empire. A saint, called Valentine, was about to be executed for officiating illegal marriages of Roman soldiers....

Sustainable Water

Sustainable Water via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: Water. The vital liquid that is abundant in nature, falling freely from the sky, belongs to everyone. Or it should be that way. We hope that some day that’s the case because at this time in Chile, it is apparently not at all. Actually, the water rights in this country are private property and can be sold, rented,...

Matetic EQ Coastal 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Matetic EQ Coastal 2012 Sauvignon Blanc via Chilean Wine: Price: $17 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Color: Pale yellow Nose: Peach and citrus fruit with fresh cut green grass Taste: Dry and crisp. Good acidity, citrus fruit and hints of green apple. Nice long finish. Summary: If you like New Zealand SB, you’ll like this SB from Chile’s Casablanca Valley. ; For more info: Matetic...

Meli 2012 Carignan

Meli 2012 Carignan via Chilean Wine: Price: Around $16 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Color: Deep purple Nose: Blackberries, leather, and black olives Taste: Dry. Medium dense body. Rich black fruit with grainy tannins that go down smoothly. Good acidity. Summary: Smooth rustic red. Product of Chile’s Maule Valley ; ; ; For more info: Meli 2012 Carignan Chilean Wine Meli 2012 Carignan

Berlin & A Heavenly Blueberry Küchen Recipe

Berlin & A Heavenly Blueberry Küchen Recipe via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: I have been meaning to write a post on our trip to Berlin in November. Between the holidays and summer high season, here we are at the end of January already. That being said, Berlin has been on my mind. Way back in February of last year, when we decided to visit Europe en route to a...

Santa Rita 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Santa Rita 2011 Sauvignon Blanc via Chilean Wine: Price: $10 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Color: Pale yellow Nose: Tropical fruit Taste: Dry with citrus fruit. Summary: Crisp and refreshing but not much else going on in the nose and mouth department. Product of Chile’s Casablanca Valley. ; For more info: Santa Rita 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Chilean Wine Santa Rita 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Cousino Macul Isidora 2012 Sauvignon Gris

Cousino Macul Isidora 2012 Sauvignon Gris via Chilean Wine: Price: $12 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Color: Pale yellow Nose: White blossoms and peach Taste: Dry and light bodied. Citrus fruit and notes of sweet spices. Summary: Light and savory fruit flavor. Makes a good aperitif. Great with cheeses. Product of Chile’s Maipo Valley. ; For more info: Cousino Macul Isidora 2012 Sauvignon...

A Few Things I Have Learned from Chilean Culture

A Few Things I Have Learned from Chilean Culture via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: Every January, I mark off another year on my expat calendar calling Chile, and South America, home. While I certainly am fortunate to spend a lot of time throughout the year in Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay, for thirteen years (yes that’s 1-3), Chile has been home. Certainly a lot of...

Antiyal 2011

Antiyal 2011 via Chilean Wine: Price: Around $75 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Color: Deep dark ruby Nose: Violet flowers, ripe blackberries, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and liquorice. Taste: Dry. Medium body with rich buttery black fruit. Tannins present but well integrated in the overall mouthfeel. Good acidity with a long finish that ends in a pleasant Summary: A special wine for special times. […] ...

Private Wine Tastings

Private Wine Tastings This entry was posted on May 29, 2012 by Carli.We have had a few inquiries recently about in-office wine tastings and other private wine events so we thought it would be a great time to tell you about what we can do.Summer is often a time of relaxing and sometimes traveling, but also it is a great time of year to enjoy time with friends and colleagues. It is a perfect time of...

Casillero del Diablo 2011 Carmenere

Casillero del Diablo 2011 Carmenere via Chilean Wine: Price: Around $10 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Color: Deep dark red Nose: Ripe black berries, black pepper and vanilla Taste: Dry. Medium body. Red and black fruit. Smooth finish. Summary: Tasty with good Carmere fruit flavor. Product of Chile’s Rapel Valley ; ; ; For more info: Casillero del Diablo 2011 Carmenere Chilean Wine Casillero...

Wines of Chile Grand Tasting

Wines of Chile Grand Tasting This entry was posted on June 13, 2012 by Carli.Wines of Chile held its annual Grand Tasting last night at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.  Over 50 wineries and SoHo based stores, Puro Wine and Puro Chile, converged in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood to offer wine enthusiasts and amateurs a taste of Chilean food and wine.  This year’s theme was “Tapestry...

Apaltagua Reserva 2012 Carmenere

Apaltagua Reserva 2012 Carmenere via Chilean Wine: Price: Around $12 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Color: Deep purple Nose: Red and black berries Taste: Dry. Medium body with notes of black plums, cherries, and black pepper. Soft tannins and smooth finish. Summary: A low price point for tasty Carmenere fruit. Product of Chile’s Colchagua Valley ; ; ; For more info: Apaltagua Reserva...

Sowing Chile’s Future

Sowing Chile’s Future via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: When I first heard about the project in Chilean congress known as the “Ley Monsanto/Monsanto Law”, technically in Chile called Derechos de Obtentores de Nuevas Variedades Vegetales,  I could hardly believe it. With all the energy and dedication that Chile has invested in developing, growing and instituting...

Germán Lyon winemaker of Perez Cruz

Germán Lyon winemaker of Perez Cruz This entry was posted on September 12, 2012 by Carli.Yesterday Puro Chile the great privilege of hosting a Perez Cruz’s winemaker, Germán Lyon, for a special tasting here at Puro Chile. We were lucky to try 7 of their excellent red wines, including: Resrva Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Cot (Malbec), Syrah, Chaski Petit Verdot, Liguai Red Blend, and the...

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon via Chilean Wine: Price: Around $10 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Color: Deep ruby Nose: Black cherries, fig and black olives Taste: Dry. Medium body with notes of green leaf and black fruit. Soft tannins and medium acidity. Summary: Easy drinking. Product of Chile’s Central Valley ; ; ; For more info: Concha y Toro Casillero...

Puro Wine at Newport Wine and Food Festival

Puro Wine at Newport Wine and Food Festival This entry was posted on September 24, 2012 by Carli.This past weekend, Puro Wine attended the 7th Annual Newport Mansion’s Wine and Food Festival. It was an excellent event that got an amazing turnout of 3,500 consumer and trade wine enthusiasts. As it is the most sophisticated wine and food festival on the East Coast consumers were well educated...

Grape sampling technique

Grape sampling technique via Wine & Sommelier Chile: Grape sampling technique This refers to sampling grapes that represent the average level of maturity. The evolution varies within a single bunch and within the the bunches of a single vine; the degree of ripeness differs among the berries of the same bunch and among the bunches of the same vine. The best way to obtain a realistic idea of...

Apaltagua Envero 2011 Carmenere

Apaltagua Envero 2011 Carmenere Price: Around $16 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Color:Â Deep purple Nose:Â Violets, blackberries, plums, and asparagus Taste: Dry. Medium body with good acidity. Smooth tannins, with black fruit, nutmeg and vanilla. Summary:Â Rustic old vines come through on the palate. Product of Chile’s Colchagua Valley ; ; ; via Chilean Wine: Price: Around $16 Rating:...